Mysteryshows.com Forum Index Mysteryshows.com
Discuss old time radio here
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Hiss, obstructed audio

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Mysteryshows.com Forum Index -> Lounge
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
MSF17



Joined: 02 Dec 2008
Posts: 56
Location: United States of America

PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Hiss, obstructed audio Reply with quote

Would you like for us to write down the programs which are hard to hear or listening is not audible?

Am currently listening to the Inner Sanctum episode 'The Doomed', and it sounds doomed. Hard to hear, sounds like hiss or 'rain drops' interfering this episode Crying or Very sad
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Jimbo



Joined: 12 Sep 2010
Posts: 190
Location: Georgia, USA

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:27 am    Post subject: Re: Hiss, obstructed audio Reply with quote

msf17 wrote:
Would you like for us to write down the programs which are hard to hear or listening is not audible?

Am currently listening to the Inner Sanctum episode 'The Doomed', and it sounds doomed. Hard to hear, sounds like hiss or 'rain drops' interfering this episode Crying or Very sad


I think that's a great idea. I am going to start marking those down and maybe we can come up with a database of "bad" shows - that is if we can get a few people to do ir.
_________________
http://otrbuffet.blogspot.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Brad
Site Admin


Joined: 06 Oct 2007
Posts: 1030
Location: Channahon, IL, USA

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes we do get shows that are hard to hear. It all depends on the quality of the original recording and the process used to convert it from real tape to digital.

When we do run into bad shows, sometimes I'm able to find a better replacement as I do have several version of some series in my database.

Unfortunately, some are the only copies made and there's no replacement available. If you do find some bad ones, you can list them here and I'll try to find better copies of them.

Back when most of these shows were being converted they were made in low bitrates like 12kbps or 16kbps. 32kbps mono and up is best for voice shows. Most of these old shows were recorded in mono so it doesn't do any good to try and convert them to stereo.

We actually have some shows as low as 8kbps that sound very good. I think they must have real high quality masters to work with.

Also, when you record something to 16kbps the rest of the data is gone. If you try to convert it to a higher bitrate it usually makes the shows sound worse and it increases the file size too.

This isn't the fault of anyone. The technology was limited at the time. Now we're all used to 256kbps music files and it's hard to remember the days when they didn't have high fidelity audio recordings.



Brad
_________________
Visit our home page http://www.mysteryshows.com for thousands of free old time radio shows.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Jimbo



Joined: 12 Sep 2010
Posts: 190
Location: Georgia, USA

PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All great points, Brad. In the 70's , during the "re-boom" of otr, there was a lot of duplicating taking place that went from speaker to microphone as well - and even generations of that. I feel were are fortunate to have what we have remaining, to be honest.
_________________
http://otrbuffet.blogspot.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
crich70



Joined: 19 Sep 2008
Posts: 322
Location: Monroe Wisconsin

PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can remember my dad having audio tapes of OTR episodes that he'd bought at the store in the late 70's or early 80's in which there was an audio note before the episodes began that spoke of the occasional surface noise or volume drop due to the equipment used back before High Fidelity was invented. As far as that goes I can only imagine if he were still around that I'd have to have made up copies for him of the various OTR that I've downloaded for listening. lol.
Brad wrote:
Sometimes we do get shows that are hard to hear. It all depends on the quality of the original recording and the process used to convert it from real tape to digital.

When we do run into bad shows, sometimes I'm able to find a better replacement as I do have several version of some series in my database.

Unfortunately, some are the only copies made and there's no replacement available. If you do find some bad ones, you can list them here and I'll try to find better copies of them.

Back when most of these shows were being converted they were made in low bitrates like 12kbps or 16kbps. 32kbps mono and up is best for voice shows. Most of these old shows were recorded in mono so it doesn't do any good to try and convert them to stereo.

We actually have some shows as low as 8kbps that sound very good. I think they must have real high quality masters to work with.

Also, when you record something to 16kbps the rest of the data is gone. If you try to convert it to a higher bitrate it usually makes the shows sound worse and it increases the file size too.

This isn't the fault of anyone. The technology was limited at the time. Now we're all used to 256kbps music files and it's hard to remember the days when they didn't have high fidelity audio recordings.



Brad
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:    View previous topic :: View next topic  
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Mysteryshows.com Forum Index -> Lounge All times are GMT - 6 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

Listen To Free Old Time Radio On Our Home Page